Archbishop Luigi Ventura, a former Apostolic Nuncio to Canada (Sept. 2001-2009) is under under investigation in France for allegedly groping a young man this past January. Since his departure from Canada Archbishop Ventura has served as the Vatican’s Apostolic Nuncio to France. I will be putting together a page with further information, meanwhile, the following:
Investigations begin on sexual assault claim against former apostolic nuncio to Canada
The Catholic Register
Catholic News Services
15 February 2019
Archbishop Luigi Ventura served as Apostolic Nuncio to Canada for eight years, from 2001 to 2009. Photo screenshot from Salt+Light/Youtub
Salt and Light/Youtube
VATICAN – Italian Archbishop Luigi Ventura, 74, a Vatican diplomat who once served in Canada, Chile and western Africa, is under investigation by police in Paris for allegedly sexually assaulting a city official.
The Vatican learned from news reports that the investigation had been launched and it was “waiting for the results of the investigation” by city prosecutors, said Alessandro Gisotti, interim director of the Vatican press office, in response to reporters’ queries.
A French judicial official confirmed to the Associated Press Feb. 15 that the prosecutor’s office in Paris had opened an investigation into an allegation of “sexual aggression.”
The French newspaper, Le Monde, reported that the diplomat was suspected of having sexually molested a young male employee at the Paris city hall Jan. 17, the day the mayor was giving her New Year’s address to diplomats and other leading figures.
Archbishop Ventura has been serving as apostolic nuncio to France since 2009. Prior to that posting, he was the Vatican’s representative in Canada between 2001 and 2009, helping with preparations for St. John Paul II’s visit to Toronto for World Youth Day in 2002.
He served as the nuncio in Chile from 1999 to 2001 and, before that, in Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso and Niger from 1995 to 1999.
A Vatican nuncio plays an important role in compiling recommendations to the Pope concerning the appointment of new bishops and archbishops in the country he is placed.
If that Salt & Light YouTube video clip showing Archbishop Ventura and Basilian Vatican spokesman and Chief Executive Officer of Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation doesn’t show properly I will delete it and for now and repost it later on the new Archbishop Ventura page.
Father Jack Hanna csb, a Basilian priest who has been freely roaming about Toronto Ontario (Canad)a for several years, was the subject of credible allegations of sex abuse of a minor. Father Hanna, who taught at St. Thomas High School in Houston Texas from 1981 until his removal in 2013 for “misconduct, was ordained as a Basilian priest in 1974. (Also ordained as a Basilian in 1974 was convicted serial molester Father Leo Campbell csb)
In a 31 January 2019 letter signed by the Cardinal Archbishop of Galveston-Houston, Daniel DiNardo), the faithful were advised of the the publication of the names of 42 priests “credibly accused of sexual abuse or misconduct with minors since 1950…” (emphasis added) in the archdiocese:
According to the disclosure of names, accessed via the archdiocesan website, the names included are those of priests “about whom the Archdiocese has received credible allegations of sexual abuse of a minor which occurred within the geographic boundaries of the Archdiocese.” (emphasis added)
And, yes, included in the names – under the title “Religious Order Priest”- is that of Father Jack Hanna csb:
What is of particular interest and concern regarding this particular Basilian scandal and revelation is the fact that, when the scandal finally saw the light of day, neither the archdiocese nor the then Basilian President and Principal of St. Thomas School in Houston informed the school alumni that the allegations of “misconduct” against Hanna involved an minor. To the contrary. Note the following two emails, one signed by then President, Father Kevin Storey csb (then President) and the other signed by Father Storey and the then Principal of the school, Father Patrick Fulton, both maintain that the allegation involves an adult.
(1) Email from Father Kevin Storey csb, then President of St. Thomas School in Houston Texas, to school Alumni:
February 11, 2013
This weekend, the Basilian Fathers were contacted by the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and informed that there is an allegation of misconduct against Fr. Jack Hanna, C.S.B.. The allegation involves an adult who is neither a student nor an employee at St. Thomas High School. At the direction of the Superior-General of the Basilian Fathers, while this matter is under investigation, Fr. Hanna will not be engaged in teaching or any priestly ministry. Please keep the St. Thomas community in your prayers during this time,
Yours in Christ,
Fr. Kevin Storey, C.S.B
(2) Email from Basilian Fathers Kevin Storey and Patrick Fulton to St. Thomas School Alumni (Father Kevin Storey was President and Father Fulton was Principal):
From: St. Thomas High School [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Friday, March 08, 2013 7:58 AM
Subject: Important Message from Frs. Storey and Fulton
Approximately three weeks ago, you were informed that an allegation of misconduct was made by an adult against Father Jack Hanna. Immediately upon receipt of the allegation, Father Hanna agreed to undergo an assessment at a therapeutic center for priests. He has acknowledged that he behaved inappropriately and will be receiving extensive residential treatment at the facility. He has expressed deep regret for any harm caused by his behavior and believes it is best that he
resign his position at St. Thomas High School so that he may focus on his treatment.
We wish to express our sincere appreciation to you for your concern for Father Hanna and ask you to please keep him in your prayers during this difficult time.
Yours in Christ,
Fr. Kevin Storey, C.S.B.
Fr. Patrick Fulton, C.S.B.
Aside misleading the masses, to my knowledge the alumni was never informed that the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston had at the time removed Father Hanna’s faculties and therefore he could no longer ‘say’ Mass or her confessions. When exactly in 2013 the archdiocese revoked Hanna’s faculties is unknown, but, for whatever reason, it seems the Basilians opted not share that information with the alumni – or parents.
The Basilians, however, did see fit to, as I like to say, ‘recycle,’ Father Hanna to Toronto, Ontario.
It is unknown if Father Hanna currently has faculties to offer up the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and hear confessions within the Archdiocese of Toronto. Unfortunately it is highly possible that he has. (If anyone can provide information in this regard please contact me)
What is known with certainty is that his Basilian confreres have seen fit to allow this sexual predator to serve as their Secretary/Treasurer.
Looking after Basilian finances and recording meetings aside, what access does Father Hanna have to minors?
If we are to believe the Basilians at St. Thomas, -none! Indeed, according to a 01 February 2019 KHOU 11 news report , in 2013 Father Hana was removed from any involvement with minors (“Fr. Hanna had his faculties removed by the Archdiocese in 2013 and the Basilian Fathers removed Fr. Hanna from active ministry and from any involvement with minors since 2013.“)
Aside the obvious query as to how the Basilians can ensure that that minors in the city of Toronto are being protected 24/7 from this predator, why not a word to Alumni back in 2013 that Father Hanna was both removed “from active ministry” and “from any involvement with minors”?
Finally, why oh why is this man still a priest?
This is yet another sad reminder that the scandal plagued Basilians have not exactly covered themselves in glory over the past years.
And this, lest we forget, on the heels of that terrible scandal which recently erupted at the once reputable St. Michael’s College School in Toronto:
We are heading back down to the States this morning and will be there through Christmas and into the New Year.
Thankfully our grandson is out of the hospital and holding his own. Thank you so much for your prayers. Please keep praying.
My deepest apologies to those of you who are still waiting for a reply to your email. I’m not sure that I will have any opportunity to get to them while in the States. I will however answer them when I can.
I had promised a number of days ago to post some articles related to news of the scandal engulfing St. Michael’s College School, a ‘prestigious’ all boys school in Toronto run by the scandal plagued Basilians. Here it is. I had hoped to write a fairly in depth blog regarding the ‘duty to report’ but circumstances have dictated otherwise. I will just make a few observations and name a few familiar names.
This truly is beyond comprehension. Six boys – all 14 and 15 years of age – charged. Not one. Not two. Not four. SIX!
Six boys in their early teens facing charges of assault, gang sexual assault and sexual assault with a weapon.
With a weapon!
Indeed. With a weapon I assume references the allegations of a group of boys sodomizing a 14-year-old boy with the handle of a broom .
Where in the name of all that’s good and holy would boys of that age come up with the idea of sodomizing a 14-year-old boy with a broom handle?
Naive I may be, but I honestly can not fathom what would even make boys that age think of such a thing, much less do it.
And this in a Roman Catholic school, where, sad to say, the unwitting parents of all those boys dug deep into their pockets to ensure that their sons receive what is deemed by many to be a good sound and solid Roman Catholic education.
The one good here is that that six boys have been charged. And rightly so.
St. Michael’s College School & a few infamous Basilians
I confess that I hear St. Michael’s College School and I instantly think of a number of predatory Basilians who either taught or studied at the prestigious boy’s school. Look at this, spanning from the 40s to the early 90s!:
Basilian priest. Ordained 1974. Born in Dominion, Cape Breton Island. Principal at St. Micheal’s College School from 1988 to 1993. Allegations of sex abuse reported in 2008. Father Leo Campbell died shortly afterwards. There have been many men who allege childhood sex abuse at the hands of Father Leo Campbell.
LAICIZED. Canadian. Formerly Basilian priest. Ordained 1951. Attended St. Michael’s College school in early to mid 50s. Taught in other Basilian schools and served in various communities including: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; Sudbury, Ontario; Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario; Windsor Ontario. GUILTY pleas 2011 to numerous charges related to sex abuse of young boys and one female. Died 2014.
Canadian. Basilian priest. Graduated from St. Michael’s College School in1942. Taught at St. Michael’s College School early to mid 50s. Ordained 1958. August 2010 charged. GUILTY pleas 2012 and 2013. No jail time. Living in Toronto
Canadian. Basilian priest. Ordained 1947. Taught at St. Michael’s College School in the mid 40s and into early 50s. Sent for “treatment” in 1977 then back teaching. 1990 GUILTY plea to indecently assaulting young boys over 20 year period. Died 2014.
The first sex abuse trial of Father Brian Boucher continues today in Montreal Quebec
Yes, there in fact two trials, the one currently underway dealing with the charges stemming from the allegations of the first complainant to contact police; the second in January 2019 dealing with the allegations of two other complainants. As I understand it one of the latter two complainants testified this week during a “voire dire” . Since Boucher’s defence lawyer is apparently essentially arguing that the current complainant made it all up, the Crown hopes to present “similar fact” evidence from another complainant in order to buttress the allegations of the complainant in this trial . This was done during a voire dire – an opportunity for the Crown to present the evidence (ie., second complainant testimony) with the hope that the judge will concur that that testimony can become evidence. There were arguments presnted by both sides after hearing the similar fact evidence pro and con the judge. The judge is supposed to rule today as to whether or not he/she will allow the testimony of that second complainant to stand as evidence. I see no reports regarding the ruling as yet. If anyone sees or hears something please post or let me know.
There are a series of articles regarding the testimony of the complainants:
Father Albert Lavoie was an Oblate priest wo served in Northern Ontario for most if not all of his priesthood. He was ordained in 1932, and died in 1991. He is identified as a serial sexual abuse of children in the following legal document:
Father Edward Cormier was a priest with the Archdiocese of Moncton New Brunswick. He was ordained in 1949. As you see, my information regarding the allegations – and Father Cormier himself – is very limited. Any further information is most welcome.
Father Avallone was a Salesian priest (Salesians of Don Bosco) wh served in boys schools operated by the Salesians in both Canada and the United States. Avallone’s name appears on the list of credibly accused recently posted by the Archdiocese of New Orleans on its website .
The time frame listed for abuse perpetrated by Avallone is the late 50s to early 60s. Father Avallone served in Canada from 1955 to 1960. I beleive it is fair to conclude that Father Avallone was molesting during the years he spent at St. Patrick High School in Sherbrooke, Quebec.
I have no idea when Salesian officials first became aware that Avallone was a child molester, but I will say that I got chills as I put this information together and saw the revered priest transferred from St. Patrick’s in Sherbrooke to serve in other boys schools in the United States.
Please keep the victims in your prayers.
Happy Thanksgiving to those of you in the United States 🙂
As a said elsewhere, it is strange, indeed in light of the allegations I would now be inclined to say telling, that after years serving as a Pastor at several parishes Bishop Fred Henry suddenly decided to assign Father D’Souza to assist at St. Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church, High River & St. Andrew’s Roman Catholic Church, Vulcan, Alberta.
I will leave it at that for now.
If anyone has further information to add and/or fill in the gaps please pass it along.
Please, as always, remember the complainants in your prayers.
The page for Father Maurice O. Charbonneau (Father Moe) has been added. Father Moe Charbonneau, a priest with the Diocese of London Ontario ordained in 1994, was suspended after reports of several incidences of “inappropriate adult relationship” over several years.
The age and gender of the these “adults” is, at this time, unknown.
Note that according to the the following article Father Charbonneau was scheduled to serve in the Diocese of Grand Falls Newfoundland for two years commencing January 2005:
I wonder what would have happened had Bishop Fred Henry not given Buckley safe have in the Diocese of Calgary back in 1998?
And yes, I am trying yet again to find out if this man is still a Roman Catholic priest.
Please all those keep those who have been betrayed by Father Mark Buckley in your prayers.
Speaking of Bishop Fred Henry and the Diocese of Calgary…
There is yet another name to add to the growing list.
Father Malcolm D’Souza.
Father D’Souza was ordained by Bishop Fred Henry for the Diocese of Calgary Alberta in 2002.
Yes. 2002. Sixteen short years ago.
Anyway, I have been looking around to get together what information I can on a page. I will continue and will get together a page o Father Malcolm D’Souza. I will let you know as soon as the page is posted. Until then, here is some information regarding d’Souza.
Calgary priest removed from local parishes following allegations of sexual misconduct
A priest who has worked at Catholic parishes around southern Alberta has been put on administrative leave after allegations of sexual misconduct were brought forward to the Diocese of Calgary.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary made the announcement in an official statement released on Saturday.
The diocese said it received allegations of sexual misconduct involving two minors and several adults by Fr. Malcolm D’Souza. The incidents are alleged to have taken place at St. Mark’s Parish in Calgary between 2010 and 2016, according to the diocese’s statement.
The statement said diocese officials have contacted law enforcement authorities and “there will be no further comments until the investigation has been completed.”
The statement said Bishop McGrattan removed D’Souza from the St. Bernard’s and Assumption parishes, where he was most recently working, and placed him on administrative leave.
A Calgary Police Service spokesperson said on Sunday that there is “no active investigation by the Sex Crimes Unit into this incident as of yet,” adding that the CPS has been in contact with the diocese.
The statement is being announced this weekend at all masses in every parish where the priest has served in the Diocese of Calgary.
Global News has not been able to reach D’Souza for comment.
Anyone with information is encouraged to come forward to police, Patricia Jones, the chair of the Sexual Abuse Misconduct Committee at 1-833-547-8360, or Fr. Tim Boyle, the bishop’s delegate, at 1-403-330-5923.
The page for Father Roland Lanoie is posted. If anyone can fill in any of the gaps in the timelines please do so.
Please, as always in situations such as this, keep the complainant in your prayers.
I will begin putting together a page on Father Andy Dwyer, a priest with the Diocese of London Ontario who was removed from ministry last month. Here is an article related to that suspension:
Diocese suspends Windsor priest after ‘credible allegations’ surface
The Roman Catholic Diocese of London has removed a Windsor priest from his churches after receiving “credible allegations” of inappropriate conduct.
The Windsor Star
Updated: September 27, 2018
The Roman Catholic Diocese of London has removed a Windsor priest from his churches after receiving “credible allegations” of inappropriate conduct.
The allegations against Rev. Andy Dwyer, pastor of St. Vincent de Paul and St. Theresa’s parishes, “relate to actions of many years ago,” according to the diocese.
“There is no good time for such an announcement,” the diocese said in an emailed statement. “It is particularly hard to hear and deal with this news in light of the recent revelations in the United States. Even so, we remain vigilant and faithful during this trying time in order to ensure a safe environment in our parishes and institutions.”
Diocese spokesman Nelson Couto said he could not comment on the nature of the allegations. But “the recent revelations” in the U.S. mentioned by the diocese relates to sexual abuse. Couto confirmed the statement was in reference to a massive child sex abuse scandal in Pennsylvania.
The diocese also didn’t reveal if a parishioner made the allegations or how many potential victims, if any, could be involved.
A grand jury report last month revealed that Roman Catholic leaders in Pennsylvania covered up sexual abuse against children going as far back as the 1940s. The report identified 301 priests who abused more than 1,000 victims.
Windsor police wouldn’t reveal if they have launched a criminal investigation into the allegations against Dwyer.
“On a general case basis, we don’t comment on whether we are investigating or whether we are not investigating — to protect the privacy of everybody involved, from the complainants, victims, accused people — unless there’s a public safety issue,” said Const. Andrew Drouillard.
The Diocese of London said it is investigating the allegations against Dwyer. While the “actions” in question go back many years, the diocese said the allegations only surfaced recently.
The diocese said that under its “A Safe Environment Policy,” any priest, deacon or lay ecclesial minister facing “credible allegations” is removed from duty during the course of the investigation.
“This is our policy and this is clearly how the Diocese of London handles these matters now,” church officials wrote in the statement.
Earlier this month, Bishop Ronald Fabbro wrote “a letter to the faithful” touting the policy.
“It includes a number of sound procedures to prevent abuse from happening,” he wrote. “A priest who commits an offence against a minor or any other vulnerable person is removed from ministry. My goal is to protect people against abuse.”
Fabbro’s letter also made direct reference to the Pennsylvania scandal in his letter.
“It is devastating to read the accounts of profound evil that occurred in our Church,” Fabbro wrote. “Since I have been bishop, I have met with survivors of clergy sexual abuse and their families. It was heart-wrenching to listen to their stories of the pain and the sufferings they have endured throughout their entire lives — sometimes for 30, 40 or 50 years after the abuse occurred.”
He noted that the grand jury report details the “failures” of bishops who moved priests around to cover up the abuse.
“The cover-up was terribly wrong,” he wrote. “Catholics are rightly outraged that the bishops failed to put a stop to the abuse. How could they have failed so grievously in their calling to be shepherds of their people and in their responsibility to protect the most vulnerable among us?”
Fabbro didn’t mention the history of similar cover-ups in the London diocese, but he did acknowledge it has dealt with abuse cases of its own.
“The clergy abuse crisis has brought to light the brokenness in our Church,” Fabbro wrote. “For these wounds to heal, we must first acknowledge our brokenness before the Lord. We must do penance in reparation for the grave sins committed. And, we — bishops, priests and lay people — must be courageous in carrying out the reforms needed in our Church.”
I am in the process of putting together a page on Father Rolan Lanoie, a priest with the Archdiocese of St. Boniface Manitoba who is now facing four counts of sexual assault and one of indecent assault.
Essentially it turns out that during his years as chaplain at the St. Boniface General Hospital Father Lanoie , along with a nun-chaplain and a non-denominational chaplain, became embroiled in a sort of labour dispute with claims that they were bullied and verbally abused by their boss (a priest who was the spiritual care director). In 2010, after more than a year of hearings, a labour arbitrator ruled against the trio, stating in part that “The complaints of harassment and abuse in this case were entirely without merit.”
A mess. When I happened on the first reference to this nonsense I spent some time trying to get the gist of it sorted out. I could not believe what I was reading! Anyway, I think at this point I have done all I can do there, so now it’s just a case of going through a few more Canadian Catholic Church Directories and finding out what else I can regarding where Father Lanie was when.
All being well I should be posting the page tomorrow. Until then, here is one of several articles which heralded the charges against Father Roland Lanoie
Retired priest charged with sexually assaulting youth at St. Boniface seminary in ’80s
Winnipeg Free Pres
Posted: 10/15/2018 12:45 PM | Last Modified: 10/16/2018 10:18 AM
A retired Roman Catholic priest in the Archdiocese of St. Boniface has been charged with four counts of sexual assault and one of indecent assault, dating to more than three decades ago.
The alleged victim was a youth when the offences occurred, the Winnipeg Police Service said Monday, while announcing Roland Lanoie, 70, had been arrested Oct. 3.
Police said they began investigating earlier this year, after an adult male came forward to say he was the victim of a series of sexual assaults while he was a resident student at the St. Boniface Minor Seminary (now the St. Philip Minh Roman Catholic Church) between 1982 and 1988.
Police said they confirmed Lanoie was an ordained priest who was working in various positions with the Archdiocese of St. Boniface when the alleged offences occurred.
Lanoie was priest at St. Norbert Parish (2015-17), but also worked as pastor at Christ the King Parish (1982-94), as well as St. Eugene Parish, Ste. Agathe Parish and Paroisse Saints-Martyrs-Canadiens. He also served as a chaplain at St. Boniface Hospital.
“The archdiocese began working closely with the victim, the Winnipeg police, as well as Child and Family Services of Winnipeg as soon as the situation was made known to it in December of 2016,” when the man disclosed his account to the Church, the archdiocese said in a statement Monday.
“The archdiocese expresses its deep sorrow to the victim who has come forward, as well as to his family and to all those who have been affected by these matters.”
A WPS spokesman said it began an investigation in spring 2018, after the archdiocese contacted police.
The criminal investigation was delayed over a year until the alleged victim — after receiving counselling — was ready to make a formal complaint to police, archdiocese spokesman Richard Frechette said.
“The victim was not ready to go to police. He wanted us to know, and he wanted us to take action on this. When we found out about this in December 2016, we went to the went the police and to CFS… CFS followed up immediately, but the police could not until the victim came forward,” he said.
The archdiocese said it did a preliminary internal investigation of some of the sexual-abuse allegations. Archbishop Albert LeGatt then met with Lanoie on Jan. 10, 2017, and accepted his resignation from all ministerial activity.
An archdiocese advisory committee later recommended Lanoie receive a temporary suspension and could no longer minister to the public.
The archdiocese said LeGatt also wrote to the Vatican to ask what should be done, and was advised to “impose measures that he deemed appropriate, and that would also bring healing to the victim.”
Meanwhile, the church investigation continued and officials there took steps to ensure Lanoie “will never be able to work as a priest anywhere in the world… ever again,” Frechette said.
LeGatt issued a decree of permanent suspension of faculties of priestly ministry on Dec. 22, 2017.
“Each time the heinous crime of sexual abuse is reported, victims and their families are wounded again, the vast majority of faithful priests bow their heads in shame, and sincere Catholics, Christians and people of good will, experience shock, sorrow, anger and righteous indignation,” the archdiocese statement said.
“Every single abuse case involving a minor, no matter when it took place, is wrong, and we must listen attentively and respond compassionately to those who have been victimized and hurt, particularly if the abuser is connected in any way with our Church.”
Its actions earned praise Monday from U.S. advocacy group Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.
“We’re grateful that the Archdiocese of St. Boniface had worked so diligently with law enforcement officials to bring justice for the survivor in this case. We would hope that those same church officials will now aggressively reach out to other parishioners in their flock and encourage anyone who had seen, suspected or suffered abuse… to come forward and make a report to the police,” SNAP executive director Zach Hiner said in an email Monday.Frechette said the Church’s investigation did not turn up any other potential victims.
In 2014, the archdiocese suspended another priest, Ronald Leger, from ministerial duties when officials learned of allegations against him. Leger pleaded guilty in 2015 to sexual-assault charges involving three young men, and later faced additional charges after others stepped forward with historic accounts that spanned three decades.
Lanoie, who has been released from custody, was one of three chaplains at St. Boniface Hospital who complained almost a decade ago that their boss, a priest, had bullied them.
A later decision by a labour arbitrator ruled the complaints of harassment and abuse “were entirely without merit,” and the trio was asked to apologize to the hospital and to the priest.
…it’s not terribly difficult. I use a “Feed Reader” called Feedly. It’s free to use, although there is a paid option. Feedly offers apps for phones and tablets as well, which will all sycnchronize
These instructions apply to the desktop (PC / Mac) version:
* Set up an account at feedly.com. When your account is ready, you’ll see an “add content” button in the top left corner. Click it.
* Type in or paste the URL of this site (www.theinquiry.ca/wordpress).
* Two results will come up. One is for the posts to the site (which Sylvia makes); another is for comments on posts (made by anyone). You can add those to your Feedly feed.
Once you have done this, new posts and comments will be fed to your Feedly page each time there’s something new. You can read them there and mark them as read afterwards, or click through to the actual post.
You can do this with almost all websites. It’s a great way of getting through lots of information in a short time.